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Caring in So Many Ways


By Barbara Palmer

Some very important stakeholders for the Agency for Person with Disabilities (APD) are members of the Family Care Councils (FCCs) around the state. We need more people to volunteer to serve on these advisory groups.


Nominate an Exceptional Employer Today!


APD and its partners want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. We need you to nominate an Exceptional Employer now so they may be considered for an award.

A Great Opportunity for Savings with ABLE United


ABLE United will continue to waive account fees through July 1, 2018, in celebration of the program’s successful first year. Since its official launch on July 1, 2016, ABLE United has provided more than 1,000 Floridians with disabilities a new way to save for a better life experience.

Ability Awards


Nominations for recognition at The Able Trust’s Ability Awards are now being accepted! Nominations are due by August 24. The Able Trust Ability Awards ceremony will be held September 22 in Orlando.


TRAIN Tracking Along


APD launched TRAIN Florida on May 18, 2016, with 6,559 providers and staff learners. Currently, there are 53,000 registered learners. APD learners have registered for over 259,472 courses.


Grant Opportunity for People with Disabilities


RESPECT of Florida has a $12,500 grant available to assist a person with a disability in starting or enhancing their own business. Information is attached about the application and award process.


Check Your Well Water


Is your well water well? The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is launching an awareness campaign to encourage private well owners to test their well water. About 12 percent of Florida's residents receive their water from "limited-use" public water systems and private wells.


Looking to become a Provider? IT'S FREE!


All forms required to become a provider are available for free on our apdcares.org website. There is no need to pay a third party for APD's free updated forms. Click here to learn more about becoming an APD Provider and to view the free forms. APD is not affiliated with any third party vendor for provider enrollment.


My Pleasure


When dining at the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Bradfordville Road in Tallahassee, you may request assistance from employee Adam Longfellow. After receiving your request, you will likely say thank you and hear the refreshing response, “My pleasure.”

Around the State


Strategic Employment Placement Program Summer Job Fair


APD Human Resource Specialist Kaylyn Minnix and Sunland Center Human Resources Manager Amanda Johnson both hosted a booth at the Strategic Employment Placement Program Summer Job Fair 2017 on July 13 at Tallahassee Community College.

Gator Plunge Event at Tacachale


Twenty-six students from the University of Florida plunged into service at Tacachale on the morning of Saturday, July 22, as part of Gator Plunge 2017.

Singin' Concert at Tacachale


Local band Swing Theory brought the house down at Tacachale on July 21. Tacachale residents and staff enjoyed jazz and Latin dance favorites, as well as extraordinary renditions of The Commodores’ “Brick House” and The Knack’s 1979 hit “My Sharona.”

Watermelons, Watermelons, Watermelons!


What says summer better than fresh, crisp, cold watermelon! Tacachale celebrated the annual Watermelon Fest on the sunny morning of June 28 before the heat of the day set in.

An Empowerment Parent Resource Center Success!


On July 28, the place to be was Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola where the first biannual mini-conference for parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities was held.  Attended by over 50 parents, caregivers, and providers, the Empowerment Parent Resource Center (EPRC) provided multiple learning and skill building sessions.

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